Gaudete Sunday 2018
Joy is not a virtue or an emotion, it is distinct from pleasure and happiness. St Paul tells us that Joy is a fruit of the Holy Spirit.
Joy is deeper than superficial emotions. We very often try to fill our lives with things that appeal to the lower appetites, things that bring us pleasure and happiness, but don’t ultimately fulfill us. All that can bring us true Joy, is found in Christ.
Fr Michael Doody is the parish priest of St Augustine of Canterbury parish in Harehills, Leeds and the Vocations Director for the Diocese of Leeds.